History Theatre / TheMikado

1st Aug '16 2:16:57 PM megarotic
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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/note]]

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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, the Hounds, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/note]]
1st Aug '16 2:15:42 PM megarotic
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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note:]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/note]]

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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note:]]First [[note]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/note]]
1st Aug '16 2:15:03 PM megarotic
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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note:]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[note]]

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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[note:]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[note]][[/note]]
1st Aug '16 2:13:16 PM megarotic
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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[labelnote:*]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/labelnote]]

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** When they say Pooh-Bah is "Lord High Everything Else," they mean it.[[labelnote:*]]First [[note:]]First Lord of the Treasury, Lord Chief Justice, Commander-in-Chief, Lord High Admiral, Master of Accounts, Groom of the Back Stairs, Archbishop of Titipu, Lord Mayor (both acting and elect), Lord Chamberlain, Attorney General, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Privy Purse, Private Secretary (to Ko-Ko), Solicitor (for Ko-Ko, again), Leader of the Opposition, Paymaster General, Lord High Auditor, First (or Chief) Commissioner of Police, Secretary of State for the Home Department ''and'' the Registrar.[[/labelnote]][[note]]
27th Jul '16 8:31:42 AM longWriter
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* UnwantedAssistance: ''"Will you refrain from putting in your oar!?!"''
14th Feb '16 3:43:32 PM Angeldeb82
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* {{Bowdlerize}}: A couple of N-word references are generally now re-written in "I've got a little list" and "My object all sublime."

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* {{Bowdlerize}}: {{Bowdlerise}}: A couple of N-word references are generally now re-written in "I've got a little list" and "My object all sublime."



** Or, more likely, for the title of "Daughter-in-Law Elect of the Mikado", and eventually Queen. From her behavior in the second act, it is clear that she would pattern her reign after the Queen of Hearts from AliceInWonderland ("[[OffWithHisHead off with their heads]]!"), so the inhabitants of Titipu could [[spoiler: heave a sigh of relief that she didn't get her wish.]]

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** Or, more likely, for the title of "Daughter-in-Law Elect of the Mikado", and eventually Queen. From her behavior in the second act, it is clear that she would pattern her reign after the Queen of Hearts from AliceInWonderland ''[[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Alice in Wonderland]]'' ("[[OffWithHisHead off with their heads]]!"), so the inhabitants of Titipu could [[spoiler: heave a sigh of relief that she didn't get her wish.]]wish]].



* GallowsHumor: Plenty. As a main character is the Lord High Executioner, and much of the plot revolves around an execution, quite a bit of it is [[IncrediblyLamePun literal gallows humor]].

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* GallowsHumor: Plenty. As a main character is the Lord High Executioner, and much of the plot revolves around an execution, quite a bit of it is [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} literal gallows humor]].



* LawfulStupid: The Mikado agrees with Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pitti-Sing's explanation that the execution of his son Nanki-Poo was a complete accident, that nobody should have been expected to deduce his true identity through the disguise, and that they were, after all, carrying out the Mikado's orders that ''somebody'' be executed...but that the three of them should still be subjected to "something ''lingering'' with boiling oil in it" for the crime of murdering the Heir Apparent of Japan. He even regrets having to do so, stating that there is [[ForgotICouldChangeTheRules nothing that he could do about it.]]

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* LawfulStupid: The Mikado agrees with Ko-Ko, Pooh-Bah, and Pitti-Sing's explanation that the execution of his son Nanki-Poo was a complete accident, that nobody should have been expected to deduce his true identity through the disguise, and that they were, after all, carrying out the Mikado's orders that ''somebody'' be executed...but that the three of them should still be subjected to "something ''lingering'' with boiling oil in it" for the crime of murdering the Heir Apparent of Japan. He even regrets having to do so, stating that there is [[ForgotICouldChangeTheRules nothing that he could do about it.]]it]].



** The list in "I've Got a Little List" isn't really that little. This is sometimes [[{{Parody}} parodied]] by having it reach the floor when unrolled.

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** The list in "I've Got a Little List" isn't really that little. This is sometimes [[{{Parody}} parodied]] {{parod|y}}ied by having it reach the floor when unrolled.



** Katisha sings a whole song about how awesome thunderstorms, tigers, earthquakes, and volcanos are.

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** Katisha sings a whole song about how awesome thunderstorms, tigers, earthquakes, and volcanos volcanoes are.



* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout Out to Shakespeare]]: Hamlet's reference to Claudius as a "king of shreds and patches" is borrowed:

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* [[ShoutOut/ToShakespeare Shout Out Shout-Out to Shakespeare]]: Hamlet's reference to Claudius as a "king of shreds and patches" is borrowed:
11th Jan '16 12:35:32 PM megarotic
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* KingIncognito: Nanki-Poo.

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* KingIncognito: Nanki-Poo.Prince Nanki-Poo disguises himself as a minstrel to escape the advances of Lady Katisha, a much older woman who wants his hand in marriage.



* RebelPrince: Nanki-Poo, who rejects life at the royal court in favor of wandering around disguised as a minstrel.



-->"Nanki-poo? Nanki-poo? Wherefore art thou Nanki-poo?"

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-->"Nanki-poo? Nanki-poo? -->"Nanki-Poo? Nanki-Poo? Wherefore art thou Nanki-poo?"
3rd Jan '16 5:47:28 PM GameFan
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** Even the name of the play is sort of an example of this. The word [i]mikado[/i] is presented as meaning [i]emperor[/i]. In fact it means the general authority of the Emperor, a bit like how the British civil government is referred to as "Downing Street". It is not a title given to a person.

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** Even the name of the play is sort of an example of this. The word [i]mikado[/i] ''mikado'' is presented as meaning [i]emperor[/i]."emperor". In fact it means the general authority of the Emperor, a bit like how the British civil government is referred to as "Downing Street". It is not a title given to a person.



** Another direction is to make the characters excessively [i]British[/i] as well as faux-Japanese to rebuild the joke.

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** Another direction is to make the characters excessively [i]British[/i] ''British'' (huge sideburns, thick accents) as well as faux-Japanese to rebuild the joke.
3rd Jan '16 5:46:36 PM GameFan
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** Even the name of the play is sort of an example of this. The word [i]mikado[/i] is presented as meaning [i]emperor[/i]. In fact it means the general authority of the Emperor, a bit like how the British civil government is referred to as "Downing Street". It is not a title given to a person.
3rd Jan '16 5:38:53 PM GameFan
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* {{Yellowface}}: Since the show was written for English people to play Japanese characters, this has commonly occurred in many productions. It's becoming [[ValuesDissonance more frowned upon today]], with directors choosing more natural makeup or casting decisions.

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* {{Yellowface}}: Part of the originally intended joke is the performers being in yellowface. At the time there was a huge craze for Japan culture in Britain so having the characters be Japanese was a bit of satire. Since the show was written for English people to play Japanese characters, this has commonly occurred in many productions. It's becoming joke is no longer relevant and yellowface [[ValuesDissonance more frowned upon today]], with much less acceptable]] directors choosing more natural have chosen to go in different directions.
** One technique is to eschew
makeup or casting decisions.entirely and simply have them dressed is Japanese characters.
** Another direction is to make the characters excessively [i]British[/i] as well as faux-Japanese to rebuild the joke.
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